Ed. note: Starting today, LinkedIn is now available in Japanese. Japanese professionals can now sign-up for LinkedIn in Japanese here. This is a welcome post from Arvind Rajan, Managing Director and Vice President of APAC and Japan at LinkedIn.

I am thrilled to be here in Tokyo today to announce the launch of LinkedIn in Japanese, and to formally open our new office in Tokyo, Japan. This is a big milestone for LinkedIn as we continue to expand internationally and connect talent with opportunity at massive scale.

Japan represents one of the most skilled and experienced workforces in the world and now we’ve made it even easier for Japanese professionals to share their incredible insights and knowledge with other professionals locally and globally.

Starting today, more Japanese professionals can participate in the powerful and global exchange of information and collaboration that takes place on LinkedIn every day. They can establish and manage their online professional identity, cultivate their professional brand, build new professional relationships, and exchange insights and opportunities with millions of professionals and trusted peers around the world.

We are absolutely committed to building the right products and the right experiences for the Japanese market. That is why we are investing in and building a local team based in Tokyo across product, engineering, marketing and operations. Our goal is not only to better understand the needs of the market, but to also enhance the professional lives of our members, partners and customers in Japan.

This is just the beginning, as we know there is still much more to do and learn. We have aggressive growth plans in Japan and we are tremendously excited for all the great professional insights to come from our Japanese members around the world.